News | July 11, 2024 | Marthe I. Eisner

Successful outcome of the ARAMOB use case

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The collaborative use case: expansion of the ARAMOB spider database

With the introduction of the ARAMOB database, the Arachnological Society (AraGes) made a significant contribution to advancing the research and protection of spider species in 2020. As part of the collaborative use case project, the portal has now been expanded and provides scientists and conservationists with over 100,000 datasets on the distribution and habitats of spider species. This data is part of an extensive network for spider researchers that is maintained by AraGes in German-speaking countries in an exchange between experts and laypeople and also includes the Atlas of European Arachnids, which already contains more than two million data records.

The ARAMOB portal contains around 120,000 datasets for users, comprising around 500,000 individuals of 662 species at 1247 locations.

"Spiders are abundant in all terrestrial habitats and are considered valuable indicators of the state of ecosystems," explains Hubert Höfer, Head of the Biosciences Department at the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe. By systematically documenting and analyzing their populations, the data provides valuable insights into the effects of environmental changes and land use. These observations are of crucial importance for the protection of biodiversity and serve, for example, as a basis for the compilation of Red Lists of endangered species and for the development of targeted conservation strategies.

Cooperation with NFDI4Biodiversity

NFDI4Biodiversity is not only an infrastructure project, but also a network of experts who work together to exploit synergies and implement joint projects. Several partners cooperated on the ARAMOB use case: the State Museum of Natural History Karlsruhe, the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart, the IT Center of the Bavarian State Natural History Collections and the Ecology and Oxytoxicology of Biotic Communities working group at the Institute for Environmental Research at RWTH Aachen University. This group has systematically processed ecological data and made it publicly accessible via the ARAMOB portal.

An ongoing collaboration with AraGes assists with further data collection and storage. The arachnological data is managed and published in the Diversity Workbench database system, ensuring data quality according to the standards of the Arachnological Society.

Interested in learning more about this use case? You can find a detailed portrait here.

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Marthe I. Eisner

Marthe serves as a Communications Manager at the Göttingen State and University Library (SUB Göttingen) and has been supporting the development of the National Research Data Infrastructure (NFDI) since 2020. As part of the NFDI4Biodiversity consortium, she focuses on the dissemination of relevant project information, develops new communication formats in a dedicated team and conducts public relations work. Marthe shares her private life with two children and a tortoise.

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